Feb. 23, 2006
Morningside College will host the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Iowa Private Academic Libraries (IPAL) on Friday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the college campus.
The theme for this year’s meeting is “The Millennials: Facilitating a Library Environment that Works for the NET Generation.” University provosts, academic deans, and library directors from more than 25 Iowa private colleges and universities will converge for this annual meeting.
Daria Bossman, director of Library Services at Morningside, serves as the current president of IPAL and coordinator for the event.
Keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Scott Bennett (left), Yale University Librarian Emeritus and consultant with Library Space Planning in Urbana, Ill. Bennett will address the conference topic through two talks including "The Choice for Learning" and "First Questions for Designing Learning Space."
Mary Wegner, state librarian for the State Library of Iowa, will give an update of current legislation affecting Iowa libraries and funding. Timothy Heiges, regional sales manager for EBSCO Publishing, will showcase some of the new academic and subject databases available through the state’s association with EBSCO Publishing.
The college will also host a dinner for conference attendees with a dessert and coffee reception following on Thursday evening, March 9, at the newly remodeled Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center and Spoonholder Café, 1601 Morningside Avenue.
The IPAL consortium was formed in 1977 to facilitate the sharing of information resources among the private academic libraries of Iowa; enhance the availability of information resources to the academic community of Iowa; encourage cost effective practices and procedures through state-wide interlibrary cooperation; enable private academic libraries of Iowa to interact with state, regional, and national electronic
bibliographic communications systems; and encourage increased state and federal support of private academic libraries.